Don't Practice Longer, Practice Smarter
Talent is an illusion when it comes to getting better at anything, especially music. Practice is everything. But what is good practice? How does practice create talent? The answers might surprise you.
In this book you’ll learn the What, Why, When, Where, Who, and especially the How of the best music practice. Through stories, science, personal experience, and interviews with world-class musicians in many genres, you’ll learn what the best musicians do, you’ll learn what research has told us about practice, and you’ll find great practice strategies to adopt, whether you play classical Bach, classic rock, or any other kind of music.
Written in a playful, engaging style, this book is essential for anybody wanting to know more about the nuts and bolts of practice. This information will help you become a better musician, a better teacher, or a better parent of a musician.
Musicians who have shared their knowledge about practice with him include some of the best musicians and teachers on the planet: world-class jazz musicians in Chicago and New York, phenomenal classical musicians from the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, stellar singer-songwriters, hardworking and well-paid studio musicians, as well as professional musicians from non-Western traditions like West African djembe and Indian classical music. They all have something interesting and useful to say about practice. (Partial list here). You can get better faster. It's easier than you might suspect.
Don’t practice longer, practice smarter.
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From the Author :
My goal with this book is to combine real-world experience with research on expertise and music practice and then share this using easy-to-understand language and a bit of humor. I'll apply the ideas and theories in practical ways that people, including myself, can actually use in our own practice. Chapters are short and easily digested.
This book will help you become a better musician, help you understand practice and what you can do to get better not only faster, but smarter, and with more enjoyment.
My name is Jonathan Harnum. I’m a practicing musician (30+ years on trumpet, over ten years on guitar, and various other instruments), a teacher with almost 20 years of experience, a PhD in music education at Northwestern University, and I've published 4 other music-related books.